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Pulmonary vascular disorders

Heart and lung disorders

HCA UK can diagnose and treat a range of heart and lung disorders. Find out more about our treatment options

About

Pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) is a condition that affects the blood vessels in the pulmonary arteries and pulmonary vein between the heart and lungs. As a result, there is abnormal blood flow and the rest of the body can be affected as the disease progresses.

There are two main PVD disorders - pulmonary embolism and pulmonary hypertension.

Need to know

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    The most common symptoms of pulmonary vascular disease are: - breathlessness - tiredness and fatigue - chest pain - cough Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs as a result of a blood clot in the pelvis or legs, which can break off and travel to the pulmonary arteries, restricting blood flow. Pulmonary hypertension is mainly caused by a person’s genes or an existing condition. It causes the walls of the pulmonary arteries to become thick and stiff and blood flow is reduced, causing high blood pressure. PVD results in high blood pressure in the lungs, making the right side of the heart work harder. This can eventually lead to right-sided heart failure.
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    If you have any of the symptoms above, you should urgently see your GP or consultant. They will ask you about your symptoms and medical history. Diagnosing PVD can take time if the symptoms are similar to other heart or lung conditions. Tests your GP or consultant may recommend include: - physical examination of your heart, lungs, ankles and legs - heart scan (echocardiogram) to test how well your heart is working - right heart catheterisation, which involves a thin, flexible tube being inserted into your pulmonary artery to measure blood pressure - D-dimer test (a special blood test to detect loose pieces of blood clot in your blood stream)
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    Treatment options for PVD depend on the extent of the condition, whether any blood clots have entered your bloodstream, and your general health. These may include: - anticoagulant medicine injections for up to five days. Anticoagulant tablets will then need to be taken for at least three months - surgery to remove the clot (pulmonary endarterectomy) - oxygen treatment to increase oxygen levels in the blood - medicines that slow the progression of pulmonary hypertension and reverse damage to the heart and lungs
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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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